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Erik Cole  #72

Detroit Red Wings  Left Wing
NUMBER: 72 BIRTHDATE: November 6, 1978  (AGE 36)
HEIGHT: 6' 2" BIRTHPLACE: Oswego, NY, United States
WEIGHT: 205 DRAFTED: CAR / 1998 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Left ROUND: 3rd   (71st overall)
GAME HIGHS: Goals: 3 / Assists: 4 / Points: 4 ... HAT TRICKS: 7 CAREER: 2006 Stanley Cup champion with Carolina...Has represented the United States three times: 2005 and 2007 World Championships, 2006 Olympics. 2014-15: Picked up his first two points (0-2-2) with DET on 3/6 vs. CGY...Led Dallas in hits at the time of his trade to Detroit...Picked up his 500th NHL point on 11/16 at CHI...Has a pair of two-goal games this season...Notched a season-high three points (2-1-3) on 1/4 at CHI...Had nine points (5-4-9) in 10 games prior to trade. OTHER: Has also played for Carolina, Edmonton, Montreal and Dallas...One of two players in NHL history to record penalty shots in back-to-back games (11/9/05 and 11/11/05).
USHL Second All-Star Team (1997) ECAC Rookie of the Year (1998) (co-winner - Willie Mitchell) ECAC First All-Star Team (1999) NCAA East Second All-American Team (1999) ECAC Second All-Star Team (2000) Signed as a free agent by Berlin (Germany), October 24, 2004. Traded to Edmonton by Carolina for Joni Pitkanen, July 1, 2008. Traded to Carolina by Edmonton with Edmonton's 5th round choice (Matt Kennedy) in 2009 Entry Draft for Patrick O'Sullivan and Carolina's 2nd round choice (later traded to Buffalo, later traded to Toronto Toronto selected Jesse Blacker) in 2009 Entry Draft, March 4, 2009. Missed majority of 2009-10 due to leg and upper-body injuries. Signed as a free agent by Montreal, July 1, 2011. Traded to Dallas by Montreal for Michael Ryder and Dallas' 3rd round choice (Connor Crisp) in 2013 Entry Draft, February 26, 2013.
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He's a winner. We want winners here, and he's a proven winner. He's won two Stanley Cups. He's 22 years old and been a big part of it. He's got all the right tools. He's got size (6-foot-1, 204 pounds) and strength. He's exactly what we were looking for. He's going to be a big piece of our team for many, many years to come.

— Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen on Brandon Saad, who he acquired in a trade with the Blackhawks on Tuesday
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